Shannon Illingworth is the founder and chief executive of AVT Inc., a Corona, Calif.-based maker of automated dispensing machines that manufactures the pot-vending units for Medbox. A former college offensive lineman who spent a season on the Los Angeles Rams in 1993-1994 and who now touts the lessons learned on the gridiron, Illingworth is perhaps more reticent to discuss his 1992 arrest for possession of methandrostenolone, a popular anabolic steroid. That turn of events forced him to spend a little time cooling his heels in prison. Vincent Mehdizadeh bought 50 percent of the broken-down shell of MindfulEye Inc. from Illingworth in November 2011 and the other half in August 2012 (all for what Mehdizadeh referred to as “less than $1 million”) and renamed the company Medbox. Once holder of a large block of Medbox preferred stock, Illingsworth now owns only about 10,000 shares of common stock.